New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Embarrassing moment for the Knicks: Kyrie Irving was all alone on the 3-point line, standing there for a good five seconds with the ball in his hand and no defender within 10 feet. He calmly lined up a 3-pointer and knocked it down. The Knicks had defended the 3-point line relatively well of late, but they've allowed open shot after open shot tonight. The Cavs have hit 14 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

DeAndre Liggins making impact defensively for Cavs. Plus-29 when on the court tonight. Started in place of JR Smith -- who hasn't made shots lately and isn't exactly a defensive stopper.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks look incredibly sluggish right now. All five players sauntered to the bench with their heads down after that last stoppage in play. You usually see players high five when they come back to the bench. There were no hi-fives exchanged among Knicks during this timeout. NY is down 23.

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Bennett throws down powerful putback (0:18)
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Irving tosses it up, LeBron throws it down (0:15)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A Cavs visit to MSG usually generates some buzz but the crowd tonight been very quiet. The Knicks being 15 points down certainly factors in. But you'd expect a little more volume in the building no matter what the score is. CeeLo Green, performing at halftime, can't even get the crowd on its feet.

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Prescott, Elliott set for rematch against Giants (0:42)
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LeBron slices and dices Knicks' defense (0:33)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Garden crowd gave a nice hand to ex-Knicks coach and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy , who was shown on the Jumbotron. Van Gundy is the last coach to lead a Knick team to The Finals, in 1999.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony has taken just four shots thus far. He played 37 minutes last night against Miami and seems a step slow. If Anthony doesn't have it tonight, you wonder where the scoring comes from. They'll have to lean heavily on Kristaps Porzingis (12 points, 5-for-11 shooting) and Brandon Jennings (10 points, 4-for-7 shooting.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Cavs came out of the gates looking like they were gonna blow out the Derrick Rose-less Knicks. But Cleveland's defense -- which has been bad at times this season -- hasn't been great again. Knicks have 46 points with 3 minutes left in first half -- and Melo has only taken four shots thus far.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee seems to make the right play nine times out of ten. He passed an open three and fed Justin Holiday in the corner. Holiday knocked down a three to cut Cleveland's lead to single digits. Lee is the name opposing coaches have mentioned most often when talking about NY's quality offseason additions.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Knicks can cut the Cavs' lead to below 10 before halftime, they'll head into the locker room feeling good about themselves after a rough first half. The Knicks look like a team that got in late last night from Miami.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryce Petty, the Jets' new starting QB, has come a long way in a year. Brandon Marshall said Petty was "fat and overweight last year," adding that Ryan Fitzpatrick "picked on him all year" in a good-natured way. Now? "His body has changed," Marshall said. "He's ripped up. He has abs."

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LeBron emphatically blocks Melo (0:22)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose's injury means that Sasha Vujacic is getting minutes as the Knicks' third point guard. Vujacic has a tough assignment in defending Iman Shumpert. Hornacek said that he'll need strong production from his bench tonight. So far, the Knicks' bench has a combined 5 points

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Fallon, a big Knicks fan, is at Madison Square Garden tonight. He's had Carmelo Anthony on his late-night show a few times, which is nice for Anthony and another example of Anthony enjoying the trappings on NY. That should be factored into any conversation about Anthony being traded from the Knicks. He loves living in New York.

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Shumpert airballs layup attempt (0:18)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson is sitting next to adviser Clarence Gaines Jr. tonight for the Cavs game. Have to think both men laughed a bit after Iman Shumpert missed that dunk. Shumpert has been vocal about his criticism of Jackson lately.

Brian Franey ESPN Producer 

The celebrity list is long when LeBron James plays at MSG.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony usually locks in on the defensive end against LeBron James, but he had a defensive lapse midway through the first quarter. He missed a 3-pointer and didn't get back quickly enough on defense. James leaked out for a transition dunk. Jeff Hornacek probably wasn't happy about that.

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LeBron beats Noah for the easy fast-break layup (0:31)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love is off to a hot start. He has drilled 3-of-4 shots, including two 3's, for eight points already. Entering tonight, Love had killed the Knicks on the boards with at least 10 rebounds in each his last eight games against the Knicks. Love's career average of 12.7 rebounds per game against the Knicks is the second-highest among active NBA players, behind Andre Drummond (13.3).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The MRI of Derrick Rose's back revealed no structural damage. He is day-to-day, the Knicks say, and expected to travel with team on its upcoming road trip. Big relief for New York.

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